By Jill Massey
Generally speaking, you cannot claim a person as a dependent unless that person is your qualifying child or qualifying relative.
What are the requirements for a person to be a qualifying child or a qualifying relative?
Are tax refund checks considered income when calculating child support?
By Tara N. Brewer
Special to DadsDivorce.com
When facing a divorce, tax season can become quite complicated.
According to The Wall Street Journal, revisions under the American Taxpayer Relief Act have forced divorce attorneys and tax accountants to cautiously calculate divorce agreements.
Per this revision, single taxpayers with income exceeding $400,000 and married taxpayers with income exceeding $450,000 will see an increase in taxes.
Because of this increase, tax filers should evaluate alimony, child custody, child support, stock portfolios, property transfers, pension plans, executive pay packages, and other assets.
My ex-wife has not filed a tax return in several years so she is also not reporting child support as income.
We are supposed to exchange tax forms, but I have a difficult time handing my filings over to her when she is not following the same terms of the divorce decree.
What should I do?
I just received my 2011 tax refund check that was made out to my ex-wife and I because we were married at the time.
Do I owe her half of this tax refund that was earned while we were still married even though we are now divorced?